British Orienteering has announced that orienteering will return to England on 1st August 2020 (subject to any further restrictions that may be imposed by the government).
British Orienteering will release Return to Orienteering Guidelines [England] by the 13th July 2020 to support clubs and the orienteering community across England in bringing a safe return to grassroots orienteering.
The Board and staff at British Orienteering has worked on these guidelines, which are in line with the latest Government guidelines on COVID-19 restrictions, including the specific guidelines on gatherings, public spaces, and outdoor activities and the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation published on the Gov.uk website.
British Orienteering has looked at other sports, specifically golf in terms of shaping the guidelines.
In creating these guidelines, British Orienteering aims to provide clubs, members and the community with clarity on how the sport can resume and how best to create a safe environment and comply with the current restrictions imposed by the government.
British Orienteering is reviewing their guidance regularly in response to the latest government advice to understand what is possible and permissible as conditions are being relaxed. Our priority remains to protect the health of our members, volunteers and staff and help to suppress the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
New guidance has been announced by governments in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Isle of Man easing restrictions on the number of people you can meet outside which impacts on how and where individuals can exercise.
We are awaiting more details of how exactly the guidance will apply to orienteers across all nations and will update this statement once official guidance has been published.
In the meantime, we are working to ensure we can provide orienteers with clear information on what is possible and permissible in the current phase of lockdown measures being eased.
Are you looking for some club specific guidance and not sure where to look?
In addition to support from British Orienteering, Sport England’s Club Matters website has lots of additional guidance and support that’s freely available for clubs to access that is invaluable in the current climate. Ever since Sport England’s Clubmark scheme finished in November last year, the Club Matters website has provided a one stop shop for sports clubs, groups and organisations involved in the delivery of physical activity and sport. Club matters provides free, convenient, practical resources to help organisations to develop, grow and become more sustainable and successful.
Following last year’s announcement of the Clubmark scheme closing, British Orienteering continues to recommend clubs utilise the positive structures the scheme helped to establish as best practice. With the continued support of the Club Matters website, clubs can easily find hints and tips to ensure that they run to the best and safest structures. The Club Improvement Tool especially allows clubs to think about where they perform well and identify areas to improve.
To find out more visit: https://www.sportenglandclubmatters.com/
Report by Helen Errington and Andrew Evans British Orienteering Championships 2020 Day Organisers and joint Coordinators.
Sunday 23 February sees the final closing date for individual entries to the British Long Championships 2020.
Please make sure that you have renewed your British Orienteering membership well before you try and enter the event as if not, you might miss out on your entry being accepted by the closing date.
Also, this date is the first price rise for Relay teams. Calling all Club Captains to make sure you are ready to take advantage of this lower fee for your teams.
We now have over 1,000 entrants and the teams are busy getting the information together for the Event Programme. The area is looking great and we hope that the weather is going to be favourable for the weekend.
The British Orienteering Championships - Individual Long and Team Relays will take place over the weekend of the 21 and 22 March 2020.
Entries via Fabian4 here.